Friday, January 24, 2014

Book Review: Phantom Touch, by Jessica Hawke

Phantom Touch, by Jessica Hawke
Published October 2013 by Crescent Moon Press

About the Book (from Goodreads):

Bridget White just wants to be an average girl, but the car accident that killed her sister took away everything normal in Bridget's life. Now she spends her days talking to unhappy ghosts and helping them move on to the afterlife. But dealing with death on a daily basis is too much for one girl to handle, so when she finds a way to get rid of her supernatural sight, she jumps at the chance. There's just one more job standing between her and normal. When a missing local girl turns up as a freshly murdered ghost, Bridget realizes she's the only one who can find the killer. Worse still, he's not done killing. Now Bridget may have to sacrifice her only chance at being normal to stop him from taking another innocent life.


Bridget white is the 16-year-old main character of this debut YA novel. Bridget's older sister died in a car crash when Bridget was only a freshman in high school.  She almost died too but the doctors brought her back to life. Since then she's seen dead people. Her sister was only the first.
For two years, she's been visited by various ghosts who died unjustly. She  figures out how to ease their spirits and get them to let go of this world and move on to the next. It takes a lot of research and work to figure out what the spirits need and how to help them. No wonder her grades are slipping and her former friends think she's weird. Oh, and her ghost sister nominated her for the Fall Homecoming Court. Like she has time for that.

The only bright spot? The hunky angel Kyle who's been assigned as her "watcher" and has given her an out. On her 17th birthday, there's a ritual she can perform to go back to being normal. No more ghosts distracting her from her Shakespeare homework. No more hauntings in the school hallways that have earned her the reputation for being a weirdo. The  downside to this plan is having to say a final goodbye to her sister.

Ms. Hawke has an excellent premise and takes us for a wonderful ride as Bridget struggles with her gift, and the latest ghost to haunt her...the spirit of a missing girl who was abducted and brutally murdered by a serial killer who preys on troubled teens.

I loved this story, and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good ghost whisperer tale. The writing is crisp and the author does a great job with the POV. Bridget's voice is snarky enough to keep you smiling while the action and suspense will keep you turning pages well into the night.

Buy it on Amazon HERE

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